Appalled with the lackadaisical attitude of builder and administration in providing proper basic facilities in Gulmohur Garden, a high-rise in Raj Nagar Extension, the residents have called to boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Situated near NH 58, the society has more than 2000 eligible voters, claimed Shyamal Chanda, president of Apartment Owners' Association (AOA).
"Over many years, there has been a continuous demand of the residents to get the proper maintenance facilities in the society. In our endeavour to get these facilities, we had approached the builder as well as administration several times. However, their lacklustre approach has cost us our peace," said Chanda.
City Spidey spoke to the residents of the society to understand what made them took this decision. They told the society has no open parking space, the pillars are ridden with seepage in the basement. The paint over all the towers is withering. Besides, security is completely inept.
"All these problems are occurring because the builder is not ready to hand over the maintenance to the AOA," Chanda stated.
Even after AOA was formed four years ago, the builder is still looking after the maintenance and security of the society.
"With the handover of maintenance, the developer would have to hand us a hefty amount of Interest-Free Maintenance Security (IFMS) amounting several crores which they are unwilling to let go. This is why he is not letting us take over the maintenance, which is a clear violation of the law," Chanda further added.
What does the rule say?
According to the Uttar Pradesh Apartment (Promotion of Construction, Ownership and Maintenance) (Amendment) Act, 2015, once an association of apartment owners is formed, management of the affairs of the apartments has to be transferred from the developer to the association.
Builder fails, residents' call
"This step is an outcome of a frustration suppressed for quite a long period," residents said.
"A lot of meeting had transpired between AOA, builder, and authority in the last four years. Every time builder promises that he will start the process of handover but always fails to deliver," said 60-year-old resident Tejvir Singh.
The society with over 10 towers had started giving out possessions in the year 2009. The developer is constructing 11 more towers as Phase II of Gulmohar Garden.
"In January, we even wrote a letter to the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) requesting them to hold the certificate of the towers being expanded in Phase II, if the developer again fails to fulfill our demands. But GDA said the action was out of their jurisdiction," claimed Chanda.
"Boycotting elections is our last resort to show our dissatisfaction and anger after suffering at the apathy of builder and authority from many years," Singh concluded.
City Spidey tried to reach General VK Singh, MoS for External Affairs and MP from Ghaziabad seat for his view on the matter. However, repetitive calls and messages went unanswered.